Wednesday, February 02, 2005
- Today is the 100th anniversary of Ayn Rand's birth, and the blogosphere sings
- Yesterday, we reported on a recent primate study that shows chimpanzees and humans seem to share a similar sense of justice. Now, a Duke University team has evidence that monkeys will pay for porn (monkey porn, anyway) [Scientific American]
- Chicagoist says Illinois Goov Rod Blagojevich is contemplating a presidential run someday?
- New frontiers in overlawyering? A father is "...su[ing] the N.C. School of Science and Mathematics, asking a judge to overrule a teacher who gave his daughter a bad grade."
- A UK report says that over 30,000 pregnant women are fired, discriminated against or "made redundant" (basically a fancy term for "downsizing") each year by employers in that nation [BBC Online]
- Better than a Green Lantern Magic Ring: Gizmodo has photos of a dandy wi-fi detector that fits on a pinky ring, and flashes when a network is detected
- Discover the joy of owning fainting goats [via MetaFilter]
- Mushrooms, Demystified [via Cool Tools]
- Chicagoist sez: It's Paczki Time!! These "decadent, cream-filled doughnuts" are a high point of the Polish Lenten culinary tradition, and we hear Ann Sathers will be selling 'em - for a limited time.
- Audiophile fanaticism meets homeopathic zeal in the $500.00 wooden potentiometer knob:
...the Silver Rock Signature Potentiometer & Passive Preamplifier, a device for which special wooden and bronze knobs will cost you $500 apiece—and you'll need two.[Editor's note: anytime ad copy resorts to triple punctuation (i.e., "???") my bullshit detector starts to ring]
I could crack a joke or something, but it's not going to beat out the ad copy that tries to convince you that minute vibrations through the knob axle will cause micro vibrations that affect the sound. Micro vibrations so small, I bet, that they can't even be measured! [Gizmodo]
- The GodPod is a handheld solar-powered "bible" that recites selected chapter and verse for the reading and/or visually impaired [BBC]
- From The New York Times: the waiter that you stiffed hasn't forgotten - cringe at these tales of servers' revenge served cold. You may never eat at a restaurant in peace again.